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Kings Chambers - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Kings Chambers
Head of AETO:
Paul Tucker QC
Address of AETO:
Kings Chambers
36-38 Young Street
M3 3FT
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Administrative; Public Law; Chancery; Civil; Civil Liberties; Human Rights; Commercial; Common Law; Construction and Engineering; Employment; Insolvency and Restructuring; Intellectual Property; Landlord and Tenant; Licensing; Personal Injury; Planning; Environment; Professional Negligence; Sports law; Commercial Dispute Resolution; European Law; Revenue; Competition
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Licensed Access; Arbitration and Mediation; International and Domestic Adjudication; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration)
Northern; North eastern; Midlands
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
At Kings Chambers we believe that our clients' interests are best served by strong dedicated teams in an uncompromising attitude to quality and client service. Kings Chambers is committed to providing clients with high quality specialist legal services through barristers with the highest reputation for advocacy, knowledge and professional standards. We are a large specialist set with a national and international reputation practising from Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham in the following specific practice areas:

Administrative & Public Law, Arbitration, Chancery, Civil Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Common Law, Construction & Engineering, Court of Protection, Employment, Insolvency / Restructuring, Intellectual Property, International, Licensing, Personal Injury, Planning & Environment, Professional Negligence, Revenue and Sports.

We believe that regular, positive recruitment of exceptional candidates has been the key to our success. We are committed to continuing development in all areas of practice in chambers and the recruitment of ambitious and outstanding individuals who seek a successful career at the Bar. A pupillage at Kings Chambers provides the best possible foundation for a career at the bar.

Our pupils spend 12 months working with leaders in their chosen field on cases, in a warm and supportive environment, with a real prospect of tenancy.

Each pupil is assigned to 2 supervisors in the course of the year. Pupils spend the first six-month period of pupillage shadowing members of chambers whilst undertaking specialist learning and training and the second six taking on work in their own name. Supervisors provide frequent feedback and monitor their pupils progress to ensure that the work they are given fulfils their training needs. Pupils undergo a monthly assessment process with their supervisor and chambers Director of Pupillage Training.

We strive to make pupils feel a part of chambers from the time that they accept their offers of pupillage. They are invited to chambers events, both formal and informal, and encouraged to get to know both members and staff.

This year we are looking to recruit a pupil for each of our Planning, Business & Property, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence and Court of Protection/Public law teams. There is a tenancy available for every pupil that we are satisfied meets our standard of excellence at the end of their pupillage.

Our recruitment process and the remuneration package we offer are intended to ensure that we attract the best pupils in each year. We are wholeheartedly committed to the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity Code.
The pupillage award for those commencing pupillage in 2023 will be £25,000. Chambers will consider applications to draw down up to 50% in the BPTC year. In addition to this award, we guarantee the income of pupils in their second six months up to £25,000. So our pupil's guaranteed income in pupillage is £50,000.

We invite applications from those committed to a career at the bar who can with outstanding analytical ability, sound judgment, the potential to become excellent advocates and a capacity to establish and maintain good relationships with clients. We require a degree classification of a good 2:1 as a minimum, albeit we will consider extenuating circumstances.

We encourage those interested in applying for pupillage to apply for our Mini Pupillage Programme so that they can see what chambers is like for themselves. Details of the programme we run can be found on our website

We expect to conduct first round interviews on the 14th & 15th March 2022 and second interviews on the 25th March 2022.
Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. Please state which of the advertised pupillages area of law you wish to apply for and your preferred location between our Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds Chambers? (100 words)
  2. Why are you interested in those areas of law? (250 words)
  3. Please confirm if you would be happy to undertake your pupillage in a different location? (100 words)
  4. Identify a case you believe was wrongly decided and explain why. (500 words)
  5. Describe three qualities that you possess that you think will make a good barrister. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.